Accor Pacific, Australia’s largest hotel operator, says Queensland hotels will run at 30% occupancy for months and some may be forced to close unless the Queensland government sets a border reopening date.
“This is not just bad news for the hotel business, but has a knock-on effect for local business owners too,” says Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath (pictured right).
“The current border restrictions mean that Queensland will miss out on the summer dollar, a crucial period for local businesses, the economy and jobs.
“Now is when people are booking visits for the next 3 to 6 months and if they don’t have certainty that Queensland will be open, then Queensland will miss the surge in travel and fall behind other states.
“If Queensland misses this crucial booking window and Job Keeper falls away, then some hotels will close for the first six months of 2021.”
McGrath said a hard border reopening date will give interstate tourists confidence to book holidays.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has taken a hard line on COVID border re-openings from NSW in particular, even when lives are at risk.
She has also ignored repeated please from the tourism industry for border certainty.